Lupita Nyong’o Joins Star Wars Cast

Lupita Nyong’o

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

updated 06/02/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 06/02/2014 AT 1:20 PM ET

The World’s Most Beautiful woman is heading to a galaxy far, far away.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The hotly anticipated movie, directed by J. J. Abrams, already boasts an A-list roster including Girls actor Adam Driver and the franchise’s original stars, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thones is also joining the film.

“I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” producer Kathleen Kennedy told THR in a statement Monday. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Lupita Nyong’o Is PEOPLE’s World’s Most Beautiful

This object displays a Brightcove video


From Our Partners